A video titled "Sturmgruppe 2013 Reel" has been the buzz of the Internet since its posting to YouTube on Wednesday night. And not the good kind of buzz. The video, apparently a demo reel from a production house called Sturmgruppe, is mostly composed of scenes from a couple of Marilyn Manson videos. But there is also a brief sequence in which singer Lana Del Rey is depicted as being pushed onto a bed and held down by someone who looks a lot like actor and filmmaker Eli Roth. (Other bloggers have described this as a "rape scene" but I won't go that far; at the end of the scene the man is shown getting up and walking away with his pants still on.)

The video has since been removed, although others have reposted it, and you can watch it below, for now.

Two famous country singers have come out of the closet.

Ty Herndon, 51, was the first to do so, inspiring 26-year-old Billy Gilman to  follow suit.

The twice-married Herndon decided to speak about his sexual orientation to People magazine to help younger gay men.

"I am an out, proud, and happy gay man," Herndon declared.

Gilman then released a video explaining his decision.

Country music appeals to many conservatives who are not known for their support for the LGBT community.

Thirty years ago this Sunday--on November 23, 1984--Nazareth played the Commodore Ballroom, touring behind its new album The Catch.

In advance of the show I interviewed frontman Dan McCafferty and--among other things--got the scoop on the story behind the group's curious single, "Vancouver Shakedown".

Here's a slightly condensed version of the piece that appeared in the Nov. 23-30 issue of the Straight.

 

So I was checking out my Twitter account on the commute home last night and I noticed that my number of followers had blasted up from 1435 to an impressive fourteen-hundred and thirty-six. My new follower was a guy named Niro Knox, who looked like a pretty rockin' dude.

So I took a gander at some of his tweets and found one labelled "Guitar Solo" that was a link to a year-old YouTube video he'd posted. It's just him riffing out on a goldtop Les Paul, but as he soon as he hit a note it reminded me of Gary Moore, so I immediately followed him back.

That is all.

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed Los Angeles experimental musician-producer Flying Lotus at the Commodore. Lydia Reedeeah was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. Flying Lotus at the Commodore Ballroom on November 19, 2014. Thanks Lydia.

I finally got around to checking out the nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's class of 2015 and, lemme tell ya, that institution has developed its most severe case of HUA (Head Up Ass) Syndrome yet.

Okay, firstly, let's rattle off the nominees: Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, N.W.A., Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Lou Reed, the Smiths, the Spinners, Sting, Chic, Kraftwerk, the Marvelettes, Bill Withers, War, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.

Told ya it was embarassing!

From that lame-ass batch, the only ones worthy of nomination in my books are Jett, Reed, Butterfield, and Vaughan.

Fvck Chic.

There's no denying that the vast majority of rock 'n' roll animals heading to the sold-out Rogers Arena this Friday night will be huge fans of Mötley Crüe, which is performing on its heavily publicized "Final Tour".

But I doubt I'll be the only one going there to revel in the killer tunes and theatrical shock-rock shenanigans of "special guest" Alice Cooper.

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed Australian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Kim Churchill at the Imperial. Wilf Leung was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. Kim Churchill at the Imperial on November 18, 2014. Thanks Wilf.

Live Nation has announced that Canadian folk-rock duo Whitehorse will play a show at the Commodore Ballroom on Thursday, April 9, 2015, in support of its upcoming studio album Leave No Bridge Unburned.

Consisting of husband and wife Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland, Whitehorse builds its live shows on skilled guitar work and vocal chemistry, along with complex layers of percussion, keyboard, and telephone-receiver amplification, tangled with the help of looping pedals.

Tickets for the show are priced at $27.50 (plus service charges and fees) and go on sale Friday, November 21, at 10 a.m. on the Live Nation website.

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed English dream-pop singer FKA twigs at the Commodore. Christina Singh was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. FKA twigs at the Commodore Ballroom on November 17, 2014. Thanks Christina.

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